Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
Wondering – Pondering – God…
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.” (Luke 2:1–5, ESV)
I often find myself wondering about God’s involvement in those things that happen to us that seem to have no connection to God. For example did God cause the recent wild fires in the Smoky Mountains? Did God cause my troubled heart? Did God give me pulmonary fibrosis? Does God cause hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes? Does God cause a person to become so angry he or she kills someone? Did God cause Caesar Augustus to declare everyone to register in their place of birth?
Scriptures tell us that God is behind Mary being the mother of Jesus. When I look back on my life I can see that God is behind my living testimony that He i alive and hard at work behind the scenes in my life. I can see God behind the testimonies from people who have lost everything in “natural disasters” such as the fires in Tennessee who say, “We’ve lost everything but we still have each other.”
I’m not sure whether God is the ultimate causer of all that happens to us and our world or He is the ultimate opportunist. All I’m really sure of is when I need Him the most God is always there for me giving to me and for me His very best. When I stop and consider the circumstances and events that put Mary, Joseph, and the birth of Jesus where it needed to take place I know God is in the business of grabbing every moment and circumstance to give His very best.
And while the questions I posed above continue to linger and challenge me I will continue hold on to my own belief that God is the ultimate opportunist. One of the Old Testament names for God was Jehovah-Nissi, the LORD is my Banner. The LORD is my Banner and on my Banner are these words: Look at me! God is alive in me and you! Seek God and live!
During Advent 2016 take some time and reflect on your own life and experience anew some of the moments and circumstances in your own life when God has ceased the opportunity to bless you out of the dark into the light. Then on Christmas day think about Jesus’ birth and say to yourself, “Yeah! He did that for me!”
May your focus be on Jesus and may the Holy Spirit nurture and grow the Seeds of Blessing planted in you.
GRACE and PEACE,
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Scripture quotations marked ESV “Are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
**Psalm 67:1, ESV